There are variety of herbs that help repel ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. I have tested many natural bug repellents to only be dissatisfied by getting bit alive by mosquitoes, no see ums, and gnats. Many people are skeptical of natural repellents for this very reason. There’s a lot of information on the internet suggesting recipes for bug repellents, but that doesn’t mean it’s factual or that they even work. Additionally, a product that fares pretty well in the backyard, may not work well at all in the deep woods.
Lemon eucalyptus or PMD is our main active ingredient. When it was tested on humans in Tanzania, PMD gave complete protection from biting for between six and 7.75 hours. Compared to DEET, there was no significant difference in efficacy and duration of protection when used against the Anopheles mosquito, the chief malaria vector in Africa. Other studies have also demonstrated its protection against the biting midge, deer tick and the stable fly.
Our ingredient list; soybean oil, lemon eucalyptus, cedarwood and peppermint oils, work by masking our body odors that attract ticks, mosquitoes and biting insects. These ingredients have also proven toxic to biting insects while safe for humans. Because the repellent oils are volatile, they evaporate quickly. Most on the market today are mixed with water and or alcohol. That surely doesn’t help with evaporation! In addition, when placed in plastic bottles, the plastic absorbs the oils. Our product is superior because the active ingredients are mixed in the soybean carrier oil to allow for less evaporation and longer effectiveness, and packaged in environmentally friendly amber glass bottles to protect every ounce of ingredient.